The history of the department is the integral part of the National Library of Belarus. The library stock was founded in 1922. On May 14th, 1926 in accordance with the decree of the Soviet of People’s Commissars of the USSR the state library got the status of the Central State Book Depository. On May 26th, 1928 in accordance with the decree of the Central Executive Committee and the Soviet of People’s Commissars of the USSR the library was entered in the list of the main state book depositories receiving a legal deposit copy of printed editions. Though only 320,000 out of 2 million items survived the Great Patriotic War, the stock was restored by 1948. In the time 6 specialists worked in the department; the total number of documentation was 70,000 books per year.
Today the department’s stock comprises more then 5.5 million items and consists of the national document collection, the collection of documents of the Russian Federation and the CIS member states, the collection of foreign document, the Russian and national group processing collection, the collection of maps, and the collection of dissertations, authors’ abstracts of dissertations and microforms. The collection is universal. Annually it receives about 45,000 new documents.
The total number of documents delivered by users’ requests is about 250,000 copies per year. The department’s stock is designed for use in all reading rooms of the library as well as for use through interlibrary loan and individual loan.
The department’s stocks are located on the 10th, 11th and 12th floors of the high-rise book depository. The stocks are arranged on the basis of the items inventory data and format.
The department specialists carries out permanent storage and use of the documents acquired by the National Library of Belarus for library and information services.
Main functions :
Structure and staff
1. The Book stocks organization section
2. The Book stocks safekeeping section
3. Safekeeping of frequently used books section
4. National documents safekeeping section
5. Foreign documents safekeeping section